The ‘SmartLane’ Coming Soon to the North East Side
part of bigger interchange improvement project
COLUMBUS – Relief is on the way if
you’re one of those drivers who has ever been stuck on Interstate 670 (I-670)
afraid you’re going to be late getting home or miss your flight. The answer,
according to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), is something called
the ‘SmartLane.’ It’s an extra travel lane that is only open during certain
times when drivers need congestion relief most.
Construction starts next summer on the ‘SmartLane’ that will begin at the
Fourth Street exit in downtown Columbus and extend all the way to Interstate
270 (I-270). To get the ‘SmartLane’ ready for traffic, ODOT will rebuild the
shoulder lane on the left side of eastbound I-670 to ensure the pavement is
safe and passable for all traffic just like any other travel lane.
The ‘SmartLane’ is an ODOT pilot
project and will be available for eastbound-only I-670 drivers from 3:30 to
6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
appeal of the SmartLane is the low cost and low impact that’s associated with
widening a highway,” said Jerry Wray ODOT Director. “This is re-purposing the
shoulder which already exists and making it available to drivers when it is
needed most-- in this case for the afternoon drive home.”
message boards every three quarters of a mile will alert drivers when the ‘SmartLane’
is available; free of debris and stopped vehicles. A green arrow means the ‘SmartLane’
is open; while a red X indicates the extra lane is closed. These overhead
message boards will also alert drivers of incidents up ahead such as accidents
or disabled vehicles.
message boards will also indicate the reduced speed when the ‘SmartLane’ is
open. Travelling at a slower speed actually keeps traffic moving during
congestion as opposed to a ‘stop and go’ condition which can extend your
commute and cause accidents.
added, “A lot more traffic cameras will also be installed along eastbound
I-670 to monitor the entire seven mile route from downtown to I-270. These
cameras will allow us to monitor the SmartLane 24/7 from the ODOT Traffic
is coordinating construction of the ‘SmartLane’ with an interchange
improvement project at I-670/I-270 and US Route 62. ODOT will build two new
ramp bridges to carry eastbound I-670 traffic to I-270 and I-270 traffic
through the Easton area. The website (link below) illustrates all the
begins next year and is expected to be complete in 2019. That’s when the new
‘SmartLane’ and interchange improvements will be open to traffic.
will be maintained during construction on I-670 eastbound and through the
interchange at I-270. ODOT will try to schedule as many closures and
restrictions at night and on weekends when traffic volumes in the area are
more information, graphics and renderings on the ‘SmartLane’ and interchange
improvements at I-670/I-270 and US Route 62, visit the project website.
make comments about this ODOT Project FRA-670-3.92; PID 104674, contact project manager no later than 12/5/17:
400 E. William Street
environmental review consultation and other actions required by applicable
Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been,
carried-out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C 327 and a Memorandum of
Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.